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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Easter Suggestions to do with your Grandkids

March 27, 2017
Are you going to share the real meaning of why we celebrate Easter with your grandkids this year? Let’s make Easter a special celebration of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for our grandkids. Here are a few suggestions: Send your grandchildren an Easter greeting card with a Bible verse and/or a note that you are praying for them. Grandkids always enjoy getting mail from their grandparents. Send a CARE package: Easter egg coloring kit, Easter craft, Easter paper plates, napkins, and cups for a family dinner or a storybook with the true meaning of Easter. Of course, Easter would not be complete without some traditional candy. Email an electronic Easter card. Check out Pinterest for ideas. Send them Resurrection eggs which you can purchase at your local Christian bookstore or online at http://www.christianbook.com. Make Resurrection Rolls with the grandkids. I posted the recipe in my blog last week. Would you share some of the things you have done with your grandkids to teach them the real meaning of Easter in the comments below the blog? I have developed thirty-one “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents have found helpful to pray for my grandchildren. Join our mailing list on the right side of this website for updated blogs and grandparenting suggestions and I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren”. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparetning.net  
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Is your Prayer Life in the Winter or Spring Season?

March 24, 2017
  In Oregon, where we have four seasons the daffodils are blooming, the tulips will be in full bloom soon reminding us of the new life that spring brings, and the cherry trees are starting to be loaded with blossoms. It is a beautiful time of the year with the trees and plants that have lied dormant during the cold winter months are getting new life almost over night. During the winter months, many of our areas experience harsh cold snowy weather. However, as spring approaches it gives us the hope of warmth, beautiful gardens, and landscapes. As it warms our spirit, we become alive and more energetic. We often go through seasons in our prayer lives where we do not take the time to read and meditate on God’s Word or pray intentionally for our families or ourselves. We pray but our prayers may become humdrum, repetitive, or seem pointless. That was my experience a number of years ago, I felt the prayers for my children, and grandchildren were very general, superficial, and powerless. I prayed they would be safe, have a good day and I would go through my day since I didn’t live near them, and didn’t know their immediate need. However, that all changed after I asked God to give me wisdom and insight about how I could pray for them intentionally. Praying intentionally means a determination to pray in a certain way, done by intention or design. Asking God for direction and reading several books about prayer, I was encouraged. I gained some tools to help me to pray intentionally and regularly for my children and grandchildren. The Bible, God’s Word was the greatest resource I discovered to help me with my praying, not only for my family but also for myself. We read in Hebrews 4:12 (in the Amplified version), “The Word of God is alive and full of power, making it active, operative, energizing, and effective.” it was alive and full of power, bringing energy into my prayers. Personalizing God’s Word in our prayers releases His supernatural power and His presence in my life. In praying scripture, I not only find myself in intimate communication with God, but my mind is being renewed to think His thoughts, about the situation I am praying for, instead of mine. Ultimately, God shrinks what I thought as impossible to a possibility and gives me peace as I wait for His answer. As we start claiming God’s promises and personalizing the scriptures, we will experience more confidence and boldness in our praying. Nothing threatens the ENEMY more than when we are intentionally praying God’s Word for children, grandchildren, and ourselves. As you experience the spring, season approaching in your area I hope your thoughts will turn to accessing your prayer life for your children, grandchildren, and yourself. If you are in a WINTER season in your prayer life and you have not been spending time with the Lord regularly or in prayer, allow the spring season to

How to Share the Resurrection story with your Grandchildren

March 20, 2017
Resurrection Story He is not here; he is risen!  Luke 24:6  While Easter bunnies and Easter egg hunts are fun, as grandparents there are other fun activities that teach our grandchildren the true meaning of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been reading a book written by Janet Teitsort, “Long Distance Grandma.” It’s an excellent book with ideas for staying connected with your grandkids, no matter where they live. The book has recipes, craft ideas, and projects for each month. In addition to praying for our grandchildren, here is an excellent idea to use during the Easter season explaining the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The angel rolled the stone away: RESURRECTION ROLLS                  This is a great way to celebrate the Resurrection. 1 tube crescent rolls Melted margarine or butter Large marshmallows Cinnamon Sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Help grandchildren wash their hands before working with food. Place a sheet of wax paper before each grandchild to use as a work surface. Hand each grandchild a triangle of crescent roll. Tell them that this represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in when He was laid in the tomb. Give each grandchild a marshmallow to represent Jesus. Place a bowl with (warm, not hot) melted margarine or butter in front of your grandchildren and let them dip their marshmallow in it. Explain that the margarine or butter represents the oil that was used to protect and preserve Jesus’s body. Prepare another bowl with cinnamon and sugar. Let each grandchild roll the marshmallow representing Jesus in the mixture. Tell them the cinnamon and sugar represents the spices that were used to anoint Jesus’ body for burial. Wrap the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll. Pinch the sides together; making sure that the dough is completely sealed. Let this step represent the wrapping of Jesus’s body after His death. Place the wrapped marshmallows on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake 10 o 12 minutes at 350 degrees. The oven represents the tomb, while the baking time symbolizes the three days that Christ was in the tomb. When the rolls have cooled slightly, have the grandchildren open their rolls (grave cloth). They will discover that the marshmallow (representing Jesus) is gone. Christ has risen! Have fun with your grandkids as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection Rolls recipe was used by permission from Janet Teitsort, author of “Long Distance Grandma,” (West Monroe, LA: Howard Publishing, 2005), pages 50, 51. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for some fun ideas to do with your grandkids. If you find this blog meaningful, please share it with your friends by email or Facebook below. If you would like to receive these blogs with grandparenting resources regularly, please give us your name and email address on the bottom right, we will include you in our mailing.  We will send you a free downloadable copy of “31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.” By

How to Pray Effectively for your Grandchildren

March 16, 2017
I have a passion to intentionally praying for my grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their parents. I feel God wants me to share my passion with other grandparents, which encouraged me to write the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book encourages grandparents to pray for their grandchildren and their parents and provides resources to help them pray effectively. The book is a great resource for Grandparents’ Day of Prayer on September 10, National Grandparents Day. Josh Mulvihill, PhD, Pastor to Children and Families, Grace Church | Eden Prairie, MN wrote recently, “Lillian Penner has written an excellent book on prayer that I wish I could get into the hands of every grandparent. You should purchase this book for four reasons: You will be trained to keep Scripture central to your prayers; Lillian equips you to be an intentional grandparent who focuses on the spiritual growth of grandchildren; You will find many practical tools to help you dgrandchildren and provides resources to help evelop the habit of prayer for grandchildren; and Lillian rightly understands something that Oswald Chambers once said, ³Prayer doesn¹t equip us for greater works ­prayer is the greater work.² When grandparents ask me for a book on prayer, I always recommend Lillian¹s book and I highly recommend it to you.” This book won’t make you the perfect grandparent, but it will give you resources to Grandparent with a Purpose. Soft cover book, retails for $11.99 plus shipping, however, for a limited time I have a special offer of $10.50 including shipping in the U.S. I will include 3 bonus prayer cards: Suggestions to Pray for Children in School: Preschool, Elementary, High School and College 31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren More A Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren The eBook is available for $3.99 from Amazon or Redemption Press on the website which is excellent for foreign orders to save shipping cost. To Buy Now: On this website click on the Purchase button, complete order form, and the book and bonus will be shipped immediately for orders in the U.S. Order soon before the special offer expires. By Lillian Penner, Co-Director for the Prayer Ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network, info@gdptpr.com              

10 Ways How to Pray for your Teenage Grandchildren

March 13, 2017
  10 Ways How to Pray for your Teenage Grandchildren For Teenagers, pray they will: Be motivated, disciplined and challenged to apply themselves and excel in their academic studies. Experience the reality of Jesus Christ in their lives, as they grow strong in their faith. Recognize the deception of the world. Be covered with God’s safe keeping physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Date wisely (which leads to a spouse for a lifetime). Be sexually pure. Have open communication and a good relationship with parents. Choose friends who will have a positive influence. Grow spiritually with a hunger for God’s Word. Have a balanced view of their beauty, charm, and strength. Taken from Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren page 84. Available on this website: http://www.gdptpr.com at a reduced $10.50 including shipping. Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network, info@gdptpr.com    

What does your Grandparenting look like?

March 9, 2017
Grandparenting looks different to many grandparents. In some cases, grandchildren live with their grandparents, some live near their grandparents and some live many miles away, even across the ocean. Our grandchildren’s parents may be spiritually rebellious or neglectful of their spiritual lives, failing to make time to read God’s Word, pray or regularly fellowship with other believers a part of their routine. However, even if our grandchildren’s parents have a strong established Christian home, busy schedules, jobs, parenting and all the distractions of today’s world conspire to distract or destroy the family. Many grandparents have broken hearts because their precious grandchildren are not learning about the love of Jesus; some have been estranged from their grandchildren. Long distance grandparents find it difficult to be a part of the lives of their grandchildren. Although today we do have many more resources to connect with them than we did years ago. Today, resources such as Face time, Skype; cell phones, texting, email, videos, and others can be used for grandparenting. This past weekend I attended a women’s conference the keynote speaker spoke on the subject of “Courage”, courage to be a woman of God in the world we live in today from the first chapter of Joshua. Joshua was afraid when the Lord told him that Moses was dead and he was going to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. However, the Lord said, “Be strong and courageous, be careful to obey my law, do not turn from the right or left of it, meditate on it day and night. Then you will be successful . . . .Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” [1] Grandparents are often overwhelmed and discouraged about how to grandparent in today’s ungodly culture. Just as Joshua was afraid when the Lord gave him the assignment to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land grandparents are struggling how to reach out to their grandchildren in our technological age. I believe these words to Joshua “Be courageous” applies to grandparents today who are struggling with grandparenting in a broken world. I find there is a requirement in those verses for me to spend time in Good’s Word, be careful to obey God’s Word, holding fast to the truth, and meditating on it. If I am spending time with the Lord consistently I will be able to trust Him with the heavy burdens on my heart. I will be able to ask the Holy Spirit to make intercession when I don’t know how to pray for the grandchild who is breaking my heart.[2] God’s Word gives me courage, which comes from knowing God, trusting Him to work in the hearts of my grandchildren. I pray intentionally for my grandchildren to experience the reality of a relationship with Jesus and live the adventure of walking with Him. I had to ask myself the following questions after hearing this message from Joshua. I hope you will